Casting is currently underway on Oscar winner Ang Lee’s film adaptation of Ben Fountain’s novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Filming is expected to begin in April with Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8, Bona Film Group, TriStar, and Film4 partnering on the production. Sony Pictures will be distributing the film.
Lee will be shooting the film in 3D, high resolution, and with an ultra-high frame rate using the Sony F65 camera.
“Ang is pushing the envelope even beyond what we achieved in Life of Pi. Innovation is key to getting audiences out to cinemas now, but such advances often take a brave village,” said TriStar Chairman Tom Rothman. “I have long admired Jeff personally and have great respect for Studio 8 and Bona. It’s a neat fit as we are all in the business of trying to do cool things for Sony, not to mention we park right next to each other.”
In the film, Bravo Company, and 19-year-old private Billy Lynn, survive a harrowing Iraq battle that is captured by news cameras. They are brought home by the US administration for a promotional tour, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game, all while facing an imminent return to the war. Almost the entire movie takes place during the day of the game, with flashes back to the underlying events and Billy’s heroism.